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Florian Hecker: Synopsis

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FREE artists talk, 18 June
Florian hecker will be in conversation with Matthew Fuller, Director of centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, from 3pm on Sunday 18 June. No advance booking required.

Synopsis, a new commission for Tramway, is one of Florian Hecker’s most ambitious installations to date. Both abstract and material, Hecker’s work is informed by the technical manipulation of sound; yet, in their realization as installation pieces they produce rich subjective sensory situations that evade categorization and linguistic description. With Synopsis, Hecker continues his explorations into the dramatization of digital sound, the listening process and the audience's auditory experience.

Four computer generated sound pieces build the core of Synopsis. Their display system comprises a suspended architecture of loudspeakers, cables and acoustic panels that differentiate four auditory environments, creating distinct but overlapping spatial layouts for the audience to experience.

Each piece presents a different, resynthesized version of an original sound piece. Played back simultaneously as one, overall, the spatial composition and the proximity of the four versions produces a maze of different resolutions, gradations, scales, similarities and differences; all meticulously synchronized, yet highly diverse in their material register.

The subject of the analysis of sound and the quantification of auditory sensation dates back to the beginnings of psychophysics, in the late 19th century, and has developed continually since. The pieces that make up Synopsis respond to this history by featuring contemporary models of analysis, abstraction, description and further resynthesis of algorithmically generated sound and an amalgamation of the same.

In this four-fold constellation, movement, attention and memory are key for encountering Synopsis, a site where the coherence of experience is breached; where objects can exist in multiple places at the same time, where events are smeared across space, where streams of experience diverge, coalesce, and fracture. A world where the conditions of object-hood are tested in a manner that is best qualified as hallucinatory.

Synopsis problematizes the notion of a whole or any one coherent or singular perception. Presenting us instead with a pluraphonic installation which embraces multiple subjectivities,a shifting and experiential exhibition that, in relation to Tramway’s main gallery, invites the audience to enter into and navigate the installation.

In this vein Hecker’s works propose new experimental forms which weave together the histories of conceptual art, minimalism, and performance. Thus, Hecker’s provocative, multi-sensory environments emphasise the cultural resonances of sound, yet resist being exhaustively described by any one disciplinary approach.

Florian Hecker works with synthetic sound, the listening process and the audience's auditory experience. Inhabiting the domains of performance, installation, and publications, Hecker's projects are exploring compositional postwar modernity, audiology, and psychoacoustical knowledge. Since 1996, Hecker has given a multitude of performances and concerts internationally, both in major concert halls and festivals for contemporary electronic music. His recent work Inspection (Maida Vale Project) has been commissioned by BBC Radio 3 as the BBC’s first ever live binaural broadcast and FAVN has been presented at Alte Oper Frankfurt in partnership with MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (both 2016). His collaboration with Reza Negarestani, A Script for Machine Synthesis has been performed at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and at the Maison de la Radio, Paris, (both 2015); and Formulation (FLV Project) was presented as part of the inaugural exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2014). Recent major exhibitions and performances include Florian Hecker - Formulations, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (2016); Florian Hecker - Formulations, Culturgest, Porto; and those at Künstlerhaus Graz, and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (all 2015); Sadie Coles HQ, London; Galerie Neu / MD72, Berlin; Articulação, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon; documenta 13, Kassel; and Nouveau Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (all 2012). Hecker has an extensive discography, including: A Script for Machine Synthesis (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2017); Articulação Sintetico (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2017); Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera (Pan, Berlin, 2015); Articulação (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2014); Chimerization (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2012); Speculative Solution (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2011); and Acid in the Style of David Tudor (Editions Mego, Vienna, 2009).

Exhibition supported by Henry Moore and Kvadrat Soft Cells.


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  • Date Every day from 26th May 2017 until 30th Jul 2017 excluding 12th Jun 2017, 19th Jun 2017, 5th Jun 2017
  • Time 12:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Age range All ages
  • Admission Free - Drop-in - no ticket required

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